Landing on Lathe turned out to be quite a surprise. When the assassins made their move, things became a little more clear.
Meet Joc Cogcross. Please come w us. They are somewhat untrusting, but unsure. The take crew to main hive city. Similar to Tranch, but more compact. Factories everywhere add to the smog that hangs low. Everything looks the same. At the tenement block they stop. There are mostly normal non-augmented humans around. Down in the basement of a building they find 2 dudes. They reveal a secret passage, which D notices and remembers. It looks like the pile of trash conceals a lever. They descend into another basement with worker types. There’s one big bury dude with a staff w the imp eagle. On the chain that drapes from the staff are symbols. He spouts words of the xeno as he gesticulates wildly causing the charms to jingle. Rallying the men in the basement, challenging them to rise to the call of the emp, and fight the xeno. Z does not recg this guy, but understands it as basic Ecc rhetoric w the add of more tech stuff, evoking the machine god. Making sure to make the distinction and making the Emp above the Omni. Keeps using the phrase purity of the form. Empowering others to spread the work of the purity of the form.
Crew sits through the preaching. He finishes and walks about shaking hands. D asks to meet Joc. The dudes introduce crew to Father C. They try to explain the situation and that they brought us to him so he could explain.
I supp I should tx you for taking care of one who brings evil to Lathe during this holy time. D we were here to meet Helmut. We explain the mission and JC is enthralled with Z, as per his position as tech priest. JC says that he would not accuse the TP’s on Lathe, but says that some of them may have lost their way. D asks if there are any other fams other than Hrkrs that are of influence and tainting the purity of the form. JC there are not, but they will evnt debase lathe w their dealings. D have you heard of ________? JC yes. D how can we meet, we have business dealings. Can you help us find him, is he tainted. JC he workds with them, but is more of an artisan craftsman. D ho do w find him. JC I can help you, but what about the heresy. Z&D assure him that we are here to rid heresy. Asks how far us it goes Z how high among the TP’s. D picks up that JC is concerned w offending Z. JC it is not my lace to question…. D it is ok, Z do not kill this man. JC it seems many here (TP) are not troubled with this tech.. The describe it as the machine god sings w a diff song. We have deafened ourselves from others. Z do you know of Novis (Z’s mentor). Jc does not know him.,reasserts that he reveres TP’s and makes not to presume. And tells of the plan: I have gathered these downtrodden men to me and made it clear that their eternal souls are in danger if they make tech w this corruption. Z do you have an dtp’s as your followers? JC, I’m sad to say no, I do not. Not to say that all are wrong, but from what little I know the allure of forbidden tech is strong. Z that is not the norm for tps/ they are not usually so easily swayed by alien. JC what can I do. D We need to meet up with ____, our LG’s contact.
Jc sry to be fwrd, but who are you. D we have arrived on the RT and banded together. Crew explains objectives. JC it is clear that the emp has sent you to aid us, as it is the time of converg. D reiterates that holy time of awesome weapons. I believe the emp send you to me, and these workers to purify lathe. I have need of you if you are here for the purpose You need to help me rescue some of my men. D where are they? JC they are being used as forced labor at a factory. D after we meet our contact. Z do you know where I can get a melta gun? JC I think the contact____ will have a weapon. As I said I have faith the emp sent you and if I take you to this man it is the path of the emp.
I will take you weapon master Borgia. I believe he will equip you with what you need to help me rescue my men.
He changes into a cloak to disguise his presence. D does the HK fam have that much power. JC yes, they are a very powerful weapon supplier. D do you work for them. JC no, but I administered to the people of this world, to follow the direction of their emps. Back to the streets down the winding streets. They make tier way twisting and turning until they reach a small factory, about a large house almost with two smokestacks protruding. The guard is very respectful to Joc and crew is ushered inside.
There are gears and cogs splattered with weapons on the walls. It is beautiful, but messily displayed. They look to be of good quality. And crafted for sure. They move further back to a workbench where a man is hunched over. The curve of his back tortured by time. The object on the table looks to be a stub automatic, but the ornate work.
Z weak human, what are you crafting. He turns and his eyes adjust to the distance Whirrrrr. Ah tech priest. Z what do you build? I am just working on a stub. Z are you using xeno technology?
D&P notice his eyes adjusting is offence. D please forgive my companion, but we have heard there is X tech in use.
__ No need. I am always happy to receive such visitors.
Z do know where I can get a melta gun. __ You sure must have one. You are a tP. Z I am not on my home planet and do not know how to contact someone. __ I can craft you one. D I am here to pickup and transport some weapons. He reads the order and his eyes re adjust as he snaps the order from LG shut. D it was Joc here that was able to lead us here. Helmut was unable. __ Joc thank you for leading these people to me. Borgia disappears into another room and series of locks click. He returns with a hand truck of crates. s lettered in hand script. B I have been paid in full, and give thx to your patron. D perhaps if we have ? we may come back. B I am happy to serve. D I believe our companion needs a metal weapon. B what is often seen as extravagance is often a craftsman pride. D how long and what price. B you see the MG itself is already constructed, but the machine spirit is not appeased. It is a disrespect to the spirits wo anointing it. Z I will be happy to participate in any ceremonies. B goes on to describe the rituals, which are mostly about making it pimpin with skulls and skrill.
Z listens, and knows how to help, but it will take 6 days. Z wants to be there, but the team can’t spare him as they have a rescue to make. Z says he will be back in 6 day. D how much. B I will charge for a standard melta bc of your association. Z asks if B knows of NOvis, B does not.
Crew takes shipment to shuttle to RT. D gets a sense that it’s really awesome stuff.
Crew catches back up with Joc. Joc they are held in the hk’s factory. Forced to manufacture weapons. I blame myself… D should we kill you? B…well as the emp says, “ to lie down and die is often the easy way out. D if there is still glory your life yet has meaning. D it is not a crime to confront heresy head on. Z scrutinizes Jocs belief iin the emp and finds nothing. J it was my hubris that brought this on and many of my companions were taken and only bc of the convergence were they allowed to live. To work against the emp.
The crew arrives at the factory. D checks out the factory to see the security and Z notices several guards that come out and come back in. 10-15 guards and something following like a grog is mechanical – xeno. Z we must fuck this tech up! There is not any survalance. Crew approaches all sneak like. Z notices its close to a shift change. A horn blows and regular workers start to come out the front. Z walks out and heads toward to doo like he knows what he’s doing. The masses part greeting him as he walks through. The guards outside are now 4 with the shift change 2 disappear and the other 2 snap to attention. D and Z notice that one of the guards stepping in front of the dog. Z why are you hiding that dog. Soldier1 well no, wh wh a what can I do. Z what are you hiding. G1 as you can see it is one of them made from the factory…. Uh uh uh by the exact specifications. Upon closer look the dog has 6 legs. Z that is not human is it. S1… uhuh uh that is above my knowledge sir. Z we may need to confiscate that for further inspection. S2 brother techpriest, who are you with. It might be better for you to come inside and discuss further. Z I am here on the authority for brother novis. S1 do you have docs. Z no S2 you should come inside. Z make you a deal forfeit this to my colls and I’ll come inside. S1*S2 exchange glances and whisper to themselves. S1 take this specimen and give my compliments to Brother Novis. Z I will.
D notices people leaving to see if any of B’s men are there. Pris intimidates and the worker discloses that there are some in there that never leave. Z notices the dog has an autogun, pictrecorder,miniflamer, and chain sword. It’s been pimped out with imperial weapons. IT’s like a miniature grentaur. D decides to disable the dog. As D looks at he finds himself thinking,… some of this is a good idea…Z then takes over and after playing with some of the circuitry. He only is able to get to imperial additions. Z is sickened to what is left of his human stomach, this tech is unholy. Pris suggests blowing it up, and Z mentions trying to understand a little more of the tech… Crew takes it away to disable it.
After they walk up. S1 BTP you have returned to meet in private, you must come alone. Z we are w the inq. At his point D aims fire w longlas. Blows S1 away. T misses, but P takes S2 off the charts. Z peeks through the door and the factory is choked with smoke. He suppressive fires straight ahead. As sirens call out. No one is hit.
There are really three dudes to the R w a d grog, and 2 to the L w a grog. The baddies open fire at Z. dog1and dog 2 charge Z he is hit by a bullet in the chest but takes it, but LD (L dog) takes him in the leg w a chain sword.
Crew outside see the dogs. D aims and fires at one of them and misses. He also noticed after the chain made contact two igniters come on LD. Trina shoots and misses. Pris hit, but the LD takes it. Z is now in melee so he retreats. They dogs now head for T and miss. Footsteps echo inside the factory.
D Goes to weapon jinks the flamers on both dogs. T whips out the monosword and attacks LD as it connects and the teeth shred into the metal destroying the evil alien tech. Z full autos at RD. The wild fire does not hit anything. Out of the factory 4 dudes come out and take a bead on pris. She takes 2 hits for nothing.
D hucks a fire grenade with cleanse and purify. it lands right behind does not do a lot of damage, but the 2 flanking of the 4 catch on fire. T misses. P takes 2 swipes at RD and he misses. Z aims at the LG on fire and he collapses in cleansing flames. The 2 middle dudes full auto on pris point blank, she sees the first and dodges. The second hits and one penetrates.
D does another round of fire grenades. The 2R guards outside catch on fire and on behind them in the doorway (G5). T misses. P goes for RD and obliterates it with a mighty swipe of her chainsword. She tastes blood as it trickles down her face from the shrapnel from the dog. Z blows away the next guard on the R. 2 left outside. One charges P and she parry’s his monosword. A third charges from the doorway and misses.
D takes a shot and misses. T misses. Pris manages to cut into the furthers LG. Z reloads. There are now 2 on Pris and one on T. One on T and swings, but it is dodges.
D aims and fires at LG and he’s toast. T takes LG and he’s down. Pris takes down the remaining guard.
Crew grabs bodies and drag them inside to conceal them.